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Register now for free Mysterious Microbes webinar series starting Jan 14

Want to learn more about the most abundant, diverse, and hidden life on Earth?

Attend the FREE Mysterious Microbes Public Webinar Series and Educator Workshop hosted by CIRES Education Outreach!

These free events feature the cutting-edge research of leading microbial scientist Noah Fierer ... Read More

TWiV 401: Vector victorious

Zika virus spreads in the USA, a Zika virus DNA vaccine goes into phase I trials, and how mosquito bites enhance virus replication and disease, from the friendly TWiFolk Vincent, Dickson, Alan, and Kathy.

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TWiM #134: Lipids that live forever

Design of a synchronously lysing bacterium for delivery of anti-tumor molecules in mice, and hopanoids, the lipids that live forever, brought to you by the four Microbies of TWiM.

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Elio Schaechter,... Read More

Microbiomes could hold keys to improving life as we know it

A consortium of 48 scientists from 50 institutions in the United States - including Pamela Silver, Ph.D., a Core Faculty member at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University - are calling for a Unified Microbiome Initiative that would span national cross-insti... Read More

Microorganisms Spreading Holiday Cheer

This holiday season, as you open a bottle of your favorite wine to share with family and friends, consider making a toast to Saccharomyces cerevisiae (also known as “brewer’s yeast”) which is a species of yeast that is commonly used for making wine and beer. Yeast is absolutely essential to wine... Read More

Foot and mouth disease virus: a global threat to agriculture

An important and sometimes overlooked issue of infrastructure is food security. American agriculture and related industries represent $1.5 trillion U.S. dollars and 17% of U.S. jobs. These workers provide the meat, eggs, dairy, and produce that many take for granted will end up on grocery shelve... Read More

Identifying milk components that promote a healthy infant microbiome

Breast milk provides an inexpensive, nutrient-filled source of food for babies. Because of this, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the WHO recommend new mothers to exclusively breast feed their babies for the first six months of life, and continue up to two years (supplemented with other fo... Read More

Nonpathogenic viruses transferred during fecal transplants

Fecal transplants are increasingly being used for refractory Clostridium difficile and other gastrointestinal disorders. While fecal donors are screened for various infectious diseases, it is unclear whether viruses can in fact be transmitted during fecal transplants. Now a new study shows that ... Read More

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This artwork is made from Escherechia coli in Mac Conkey Agar ( MCA ) and shows the other side of the biggest Buddhist temple in Indonesia and Southeast Asia built by the Syailendra dynasty called “Borobudur”, that included one of the wonders of the world from Indonesia.

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Jan. 18 Early Registration Deadline Approaching for 2016 DOE JGI Genomics of Energy & Environment Meeting

The 11th Annual Genomics of Energy & Environment Meeting of the U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute (DOE JGI), a DOE Office of Science User Facility, will take place March 21-24, 2016 in Walnut Creek, Calif. For information on speakers, workshops, and registration, go to http://bit.... Read More

Applications of Clinical Microbial Next-Generation Sequencing - American Academy of Microbiology

The American Academy of Microbiology hosted an event at the National Press Club in February 2016 to disseminate the report, "Applications of Clinical Microbial Next-Generation Sequencing".

A panel of 4 speakers discussed real world applications of NGS and findings from the report, followed b... Read More

Study Shows How Bacteria Evolve in the Lungs of Cystic Fibrosis Patients

Washington, DC – May 24, 2016 – The bacterium Burkholderia multivorans evolves and adapts in bursts to survive in the lungs of cystic fibrosis patients, according to a study published this week in mSystems, an open access journal from the American Society for Microbiology. The work, believed to ... Read More

Urinary tract infection: How bacteria nestle in

Almost every second woman suffers from a bladder infection at some point in her life. Also men are affected by cystitis, though less frequently. In eighty percent of the cases, it is caused by the intestinal bacterium E. coli. It travels along the urethra to the bladder where it triggers painful... Read More

Stress wakes up sleeping herpesviruses -- but how?

Hiding their DNA genome inside the nucleus of the infected cells, the herpesviruses establish a lifelong infection in humans. Not well defined stress conditions are known to wake up these parasites from their dormancy - the latent phase - and reactivate the production of new viral progeny, event... Read More

What effect does environmental temperature have on bacterial virulence?

A recent tragic die-off of saiga antelope has scientists puzzled about what could cause such a sudden, drastic, large-scale death. Infectious disease could easily be playing a part, with Pasteurella multocida and Clostridium perfringens both possible candidates found in animal necropsies. The su... Read More

How immunity to RSV develops in childhood but deteriorates in adults

The leading infectious cause of severe respiratory disease in infants, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), is also a major cause of respiratory illness in the elderly. Approved vaccines do not yet exist, and despite the development of partial immunity following infection during childhood, individ... Read More

Whole-genome sequencing can help ID hospital outbreaks

Drug-resistant infections are becoming one of the scariest epidemics since the advent of antibiotic discovery. Although microbes like methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), vancomycin-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae, and multidrug-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa are responsible for... Read More

A microbial mystery in the Namib Desert

The Namib Desert is different than other deserts: it has an unusual geographic feature that differentiates it from most others. This desert (map, right) is where you can find ‘fairy circles,’ or circular areas absent of growth in an already plant-scarce environment. These deadened circles are su... Read More

MGH team broadens utility of more compact CRISPR-Cas9 by increasing its targeting range

A team of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators has shown that a method they developed to improve the usefulness and precision of the most common form of the gene-editing tools CRISPR-Cas9 RNA-guided nucleases can be applied to Cas9 enzymes from other bacterial sources. In a paper r... Read More
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